A Dublin City Council commemorative plaque was unveiled today at the house on Leighlin Road in Crumlin where Philip Parris Lynott, the late Irish musician, songwriter and lead singer of Thin Lizzy, grew up.
“Who would have thought 65 years ago when Philo and I were reading comics on the bedroom floor, that a plaque would be going up outside this very house in memory of him,” said Phil’s uncle, Peter Lynott, who welcomed the move by Dublin City Council and Universal Music Ireland.
Editor of Hot Press and author of the acclaimed book “Philip Lynott: Still In Love With You”, Niall Stokes also spoke at the unveiling.
“Philip Lynott was a truly magnetic figure and he was a legend all over Dublin, even when he was growing up. I remember seeing him on stage for the first time with Skid Row and – as the iconic first black Irishman – he dominated the stage, even as a teenager, alongside great musicians like Brush Shiels, Gary Moore and Noel Bridgeman”.
It was no surprise when he went on to take the world by storm as lead singer and main songwriter with Thin Lizzy, delivering one of the greatest live albums of all time with Live and Dangerous.
And so it is really fitting – to coincide with the release of Emer Reynolds wonderfully affectionate new film ‘Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away’ – to bring it all back home by unveiling this plaque at the house here in Leighlin Road, Crumlin, where he was brought up”.
‘PHIL LYNOTT: SONGS FOR WHILE I’M AWAY’ the feature documentary had it’s Radio Nova premiere at Stella Cinema last night and is set to open in cinemas across Ireland from St. Stephens Day. Directed by the award-winning Irish director Emer Reynolds, it tells the story of how Phil Lynott – a young boy from working class 1950’s Dublin – became Ireland’s greatest Rock Star.
The movie comes ahead of the 35th anniversary of the late Irish singers’ death on January 4th, 2021.
Councillor Michael Mac Donncha, Chair of the City Council’s Commemorations & Naming Committee said, “The Commemorative Plaques scheme allows the City to formally commemorate people who have made a significant contribution to the life of Dublin. Through his music Philip Lynott brought happiness and joy to Dubliners and to fans all around the world. It is fitting that the City in which he grew up honours him with this commemorative plaque”.
Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Plaques scheme is intended to facilitate the formal commemoration of people, organisations, and events that have made a unique and significant contribution to the life or history of Dublin through outstanding achievement, distinctive service or significant community contribution.
Proposals to commemorate living persons will not be considered. Nominees will have to have died at least 20 years previously or have passed the centenary of their birth, whichever is earlier.
Full details can be found here